Guest blog by Michelle MacPherson of Gone Skiing
Club Med offers All-Inclusive snow packages for Switzerland, France, and Italy. This means everything, from accommodation to lessons, is included in your package. You will, however, need to take your own gear on your snow holiday. In order to avoid the stress, the additional check-in time, the queues, and the high peak season prices, we recommend that you purchase your ski gear locally, in South Africa, from the biggest technical ski shop, GoneSkiing. We’ve also included some tips on what to buy.
Here’s why we recommend you purchase locally.
1. Save time
The most important reason you should buy your gear locally is to save time. When you arrive at the ski resort you want to be able to settle in, grab your skiis, snowboard, boots, jacket, pants, gloves, and beanie and head straight for the slopes for your lessons. When you have to rent or buy gear abroad you have to shop around, compare prices, and find the best fit from many shops around the resort. This takes away the time you should be spending learning how to ski or snowboard and enjoying the pleasures of snow sports.
2. Avoid getting stuck with oversized gear
Often, during peak season there are many people needing gear and this means you can get stuck with gear that is either too big or too small – finding the right fit for your time spent on the slopes is very important to ensure you can take your skiing and snowboarding to the next level and really enjoy the experience.
3. Have quality gear that you can keep and use many times over
Owning your own skiing and snowboarding gear ensures that you can go on many snow holidays knowing that you don’t have to stress or worry about gear. You’ll be able to focus on increasing the level of your riding with quality gear – that is waterproof and breathable – thus eliminating the negatives that come with using poor quality gear (which gets wet easily and causes you discomfort when riding).
Important items you’ll need on your skiing trip
Many have attempted to conquer the cold but we’re still talking snow. So, instead of fighting it out to show how strong you are rather just buy yourself a proper jacket. It’s important that it is waterproof, wind resistant, and breathable. If you’re looking for something versatile then you should consider a lighter, thinner option. Most of these jackets come with MacGyver-like features such as snow skirts, lift pass pockets, zipped pockets to protect your valuables, and finally connections to control your phone or iPod.
This is one item you can’t afford to forget. Gloves are a necessity when you go skiing or snowboarding. The comfiest and probably the best route to go would be thick and waterproof gloves. Luckily, there are different types of gloves to choose from that suit every style and expertise level.
We all know it’s a no-brainer that you’d need pants when you go out but the question is does everyone know the best pants to get? Well, today’s the day you’ll receive a quick rundown on how to choose the right pants. It’s short and simple: they need to be waterproof, wind resistant, and breathable. That’s all! Dungarees have a bib and braces to prevent snow from entering your pants while ski pants are easier to take off. Make sure that the pants tuck over your boots to keep the snow out.
Most of your body heat escapes through your head. So, it’s quite important to try and keep as much heat put as possible. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to this item as many riders choose to stand out of the crowd and manufacturers saw this as an opportunity to go wild with colour and graphics options.
5. Ski socks
If you’re planning on spending most of your time in the snow it might be best to leave your secret socks at home. Ski socks are warmer, thicker, and longer ensuring that your piggies stay nice and warm at all times. Try and stay away from ribbed socks as they will leave you with some nasty blisters and bruises as they cause pressure points on your heels and shins.
6. Leather boots
If you’re planning on renting your gear instead of buying it then this might be the most expensive things you rent. If you’re someone who can’t function when they have cold and wet feet, then boots with rubber soles are the way to go. They need to be high-sided and you’ll have to use wax treatment to waterproof your boots and protect the leather. You could go for the even more expensive option of a moonboot but you’ll mostly only wear them while you’re at the ski resort.
7. Snowboards, bindings, and snowboard boots
Finally, we reach the big ticket items: snowboard boots and snowboards. Having your own boots and board makes arriving for you snow holiday an absolute pleasure. You arrive, slip on your boots, strap into your snowboard, and you’re ready to go.
Try and visit the Gone Skiing store before you head out on your trip. It’s always important to talk to a professional – they’re trained to give the best advice possible. Club Med G.Ms also receive R100 off for every R1000 spent at GoneSkiing so it’s worth checking out what’s on offer.
The Travel Agency by Club Med is full-service making it easy for you to book and pay for your next snow holiday.